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Olympic Adventure Campground

37 sites · RVs, Tents18 acres · Clallam
Olympic Adventure Campground is available to Both RV's & Tent Dry Camping. The Camp Address is: 192602 US-101, Forks, WA 98331, USA. Our Camp is situated on a little more than 5 acres out of our 18 acres of Dense Enormous Evergreen Forest. It is next to the road on Highway 101 but still offers our guests the wilderness experience and semi-privacy with tall trees surrounding the camp. We recommend that our guests use GPS to find Forks, WA, First. Once you find Forks, you will be able to find our camp. We are only about Half a Mile from the Northbound Edge of town on the Right. Our Sites were planned out and spaced to offer our guests plenty of "Elbow Room". Whether your travel plans are for pitching a Tent or parking an RV, we can help you with that. Each site has its own Details and Pricing for Booking your Reservations. Regarding Electric Vehicles: The Fee for Charging an Electric Vehicle Overnight is a Flat Rate of $7.00. Please send us a message or call ahead if you are planning to bring one to our camp. Here at Olympic Adventure Campground we work hard to ensure that our guests are content with their camp space and the surroundings. Most of our guests expect to have a quiet, peaceful stay. With this in mind, we have a strict rule in place: No Excessively Loud Vehicles are allowed to operate at our camp. Some examples not allowed here: ATV (Example: Polaris), Dirt Racing Motorcycles, Race Cars. RV Waste Water Holding Tanks: We Kindly Ask our Guests the Following: Please arrive at our camp with an empty waste water holding tank. There is a place called Bogachiel State Park that has a dump station available for RV's at the flat rate of $5.00. It is located about 5 miles south of Forks, WA. There are also some rest areas along the I-5 freeway that have free dump stations. Please be mindful to not burden our septic system by arriving here with a full tank of waste water that was accumulated elsewhere. When our guests accumulate waste water at our camp: Dumping Cost: $10.00 per 20 gallons We kindly ask our guests to be patient and adaptable if ever they encounter a booking issue at our camp. If someone out there is not willing to consider and accept a change in their booking site as a result of a rare but possible booking issue, then they may need to look elsewhere to camp. Some popular activities in this region include; hiking, fishing, kayaking, rafting trips. Lake Pleasant, as its name implies, located only 8 miles North of Forks is a lovely spot for swimming, boating. Please read the details of our camp listing as appropriate for your travel plans and for more information on our camp amenities and rules. Thank You.
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Dwell Seaview

26 sites · Lodging, RVs1 acre · Ilwaco, Pacific
Dwell Seaview is a relaxing vacation spot on the Long Beach Peninsula. Located right in the middle of Ilwaco, Long Beach, and Cape Disappointment. Dwell Seaview is the place for you to enjoy your next vacation. There are 20 full hookup sites with a majority of them being 50/30/20 amp services, water and sewer is at each site!
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Cowlitz River Rentals

31 sites · RVs, Tents70 acres · Lewis
We are no longer taking any reservations for Summer 2023. Thank you all, who stayed with us this summer in our first season. We hope you all had fun, in spite of the dust. Wishing you all a great fall and winter. Hope to see you in 2024! BURN BAN IN EFFECT AS OF 8/14/2023 Propane or pressurized gas bbq's, stoves, and fire pits only. No wood or charcoal fires, Tiki torches, etc. WE CLOSE FOR THE SEASON ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2023 WELCOME to Cowlitz River Rentals! We have a total of 14 sites on about 70 acres. Some of these sites have multiple options for booking. An update was done by Hipcamp to improve the search function for campers, which has resulted in all of our site options being listed separately and showing as 22 sites. Our sites are listed as: -Individual (ind) - up to 6 people -Small Group (sm group) - up to 16 people -Large Group (lg group) - up to 30 people We have 10 options for Individual, 7 options for Small Group, and 5 options for Large Group. Some of these are different options for the same site. IF YOU BOOK HERE..... DO NOT try to use Google, Apple, or the Hipcamp app to get you to your booking site. ALL of them will GET YOU LOST! USE THESE COORDINATES (46.5354948, -121.9697498) to get to the access road, and then call my number that is posted there. or USE THE DIRECTIONS in the BOOKING CONFIRMATION.....PLEASE! Right now, the order in which you see the listings is determined by the amount of reviews for each site. Hipcamp is working on a sort function so we can organize the order better. Please scroll through. Not all sites can accommodate groups. Some sites are not feasible for large trailers. Click on a site for more details in the description. We are open May 1 - Aug 31. If you are looking for a group sites for Labor Day 2023, please message me, we do have alternative river front options available. IF ALL OF THE INDIVIDUAL SITES ARE BOOKED FOR THE DATES YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, PLEASE CALL OR MESSAGE ME. If there are group sites available, it may be possible that I can put you in one of those for the individual price. (Two night minimum.) INDIVIDUAL Sites are: Mountain View Riverbar West-ind The Spring Shady Acres Elk Corner Bigfoots Den Hammock Heaven South Beach Riverside Sandy Beach SMALL GROUP sites are: Mountain View Riverbar West-group Berry Patch Bigfoots Den The Fort Riverside The Point LARGE GROUP sites are: Mountain View Riverbar West-group Berry Patch The Fort The Point We offer some of the most beautiful scenery in western Washington. Here you will find the peaceful quiet of being "away from it all", yet in reality you are only a little over a mile from the local grocery store, restaurants, and gas stations along Hwy 12 in Randle. Randle is a gateway to many other outdoor areas and activities including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens. You can feel safe leaving your camp set up while you take day excursions. We have sites scattered across 70 acres. Your perfect camping site may be found in the fields, in the shade of the trees, by the river, in view of Mt. Adams, or a combination of these. You can be assured plenty of space for privacy and quiet, even if other campers are in the vicinity. We currently host newly developed, private river access, camp areas on the upper Cowlitz River. ("Newly developed" means that the brush and briars were pushed away and there is dirt remaining.) We are mowing and clearing limbs to try to make things easy to get around and look nice, but this has been a cattle grazing pasture for the past 100 years. It is also flood plain, so we get a fresh covering of river silt almost every year. Hipcamp shows us as having 22 sites, but that is because some sites have more than one option to book. However, there are ONLY 14 site locations strategically spread across this large acreage, each with its own "personality" and benefits. The property has a TWO MILE perimeter.....there is plenty of room! PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION FOR EACH SITE to find out what type of vehicle it can handle. Some are recommended tent only. We make an effort to maintain site privacy and a peaceful atmosphere. We value being in the outdoors, with the feeling of "getting away", without having the rules, restrictions, and crowds of typical campground areas.... we figure you do too. The Google Earth picture used to pinpoint site locations is a few years old. We have been clearing site areas of underbrush and briars. New pics will be added as we get them. Please feel free to ask questions about any site. Most areas can be accessed with 2wd vehicles, although certain areas may be a little rough for something with low clearance. Some sites are more friendly to larger trailers than others. Please read the descriptions and ask questions if you are unsure. We have four separate riverbars, some with sandy beach areas. There is plenty of river space for all. Ask us about river floating and kayak options. Let us know if you have a special group event. We are very flexible and can help you create the situation that would suit your group the best. Pets are welcome, but be aware that coyotes, bobcat, and cougar have been sited in the valley. There are also eagles and hawks to be aware of for smaller animals. Feel free to reach out with questions before booking to make sure all of your needs can be accommodated. Things to be considered: Need for outside toilets, need for campfire wood, need for water, types of vehicles, your camping goal (group get together or total solitude with peace and quiet), quick easy access to the main road or camping way off the path, best pet areas, best kid friendly areas, ect. We welcome your questions. Our goal is to help you make great memories!
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Tahuya Adventure Resort

21 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents38 acres · Belfair, Mason
3 sisters and our brother in law decided we wanted to make a place where people can enjoy the Northwest that we grew up in. It doesn't matter if you bring your own tent, drive an rv, or rent the luxury tent, the great outdoors is there for all to enjoy! We have great places to pitch your own tent and enjoy the rustic pleasures just being outdoors. The sites are rustic and access to trails are nearby. We also have a wonderful covered outdoor kitchen with propane grill, microwave, and coffee pot. A safe place to gather with family. Bring your RV and park and have a large site to yourself. You have room to spread out your awning without hitting the next vehicle. Each site has its own picnic table and fire ring. Also if you are in the mood you have a covered kitchen to meet and mingle with other guests. We also have a big screen tv in the kitchen so you don't miss the Seahawks games. Drive in and enjoy a lovely view of unspoiled woods from the deck of your canvas tent. Enter the door into a spacious area with a king or queen size bed and small kitchen area. Each tent has its own heat source for your comfort. Each tent has its table right outside on the deck but it you are feeling social come enjoy our outdoor kitchen. We are open year round and It is different every season Our guests love staying here "This site has absolutely everything you need. You'll want to bring your own shampoo and conditioner, but I think that was the only things I noticed I'd want. They even had firewood for us, no extra charge! David, his wife, and everyone else that helps maintain the property were SO sweet and welcoming. Seems like it would be a lovely place to stay in the winter, so thats when I'd like to come back! 5 stars all the way for everything here, the thoughtfulness of the cabins, the cleanliness, the readily available kitchen and the hospitality. You NEED to check this place out."
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Dawleys SolDuc River Campground

21 sites · RVs, Tents18 acres · Beaver, Clallam
Our private Campground is centrally located on the Olympic Peninsula. We have beautiful woods with trees, ferns, moss, and the Sol Duc River runs adjacent to our property. Beautiful views of the Sol Duc River from some of the sites and a short walk to the right of the parking lot to the Fish Hatchery, stay to the right there will be a boat launch and beach to fish and play. Just a 20-minute drive to the Pacific Ocean and a 20-minute drive to the straits of Juan de Fuca. Just a one-hour drive from our site to Cape Flattery, short hike down to a rocky viewpoint overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Tatoosh Island, which is the farthest NW Point in the Continental US! We have sites with beautiful river views, 9 walk-in sites, and 12 drive-up sites. 4 of the walk-in sites are river views 4, 5, 6 and 8. The drive-in sites with river views are 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 20, and 21. There are more sites on the other part of the Campground, contact us directly. The Fish Hatchery is right next door and has a boat launch, beach, and lots of fishing. The river at the Hatchery is great to float on, fish, and just play. Activities nearby include: Pacific Ocean beaches, Pleasant Lake, Crescent Lake, Beaver Lake, Snyder Lookout for stargazing, Olympic Discovery Trail, kayak floating, the area is great for hiking, biking, mushroom and fossil hunting, wildlife viewing, ATV trails, and much, much more, come have some fun.
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West Beach Resort

28 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents11 acres · Eastsound, San Juan
West Beach Resort is located on the sunny and pristine west side of Orcas Island, Washington. We are a private destination resort specializing in providing guests with an authentic San Juan Islands getaway. We have been an Orcas Island lodging and hotel destination since 1938. Stay in our fully-equipped beachfront cabins on our world class walk-out, west-facing, sand/pebble beach and watch the sunset as you relive the day’s adventures from your private beach fire pit. We also offer ocean view and garden cabins, RV, camping, marina, boat rentals, general store, kayak and canoe rentals, and a seasonal activities kiosk and beachfront food service. Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind Pacific Northwest experience you won’t soon forget. Whether you’re looking for a fantastic family summer vacation spot or that romantic retreat in the off-season, you simply won’t find a more stunning location for your escape to Washington's paradise that is Orcas Island's West Beach Resort.
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Silver Ridge Ranch & Campground

78 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents22 acres · Cle Elum, Kittitas
Silver Ridge Ranch is located on 22 acres in the base of the Cascade mountains. There are 45 RV Sites, 35 tent sites, 8 lodge rooms, and horse corrals at many of the sites. You can ride your horse, or hike right from the property, enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing at nearby Lake Easton and Lake Kachess. Refer to Campground Map for Site # and location. Take a short day trip to Roslyn, Wa. most noted for the filming of the Northern Exposure series. Roslyn was founded in 1886 as a coal mining company town. During the 20th century, the town gradually transitioned away from coal, and today its economy is primarily based on forestry and tourism. Don't forget to visit The Roslyn Cafe and The Brick. Another fun day trip is to Snoqualmie Falls one of Washington state's most popular scenic attractions. Approximately 45 minute drive from Easton. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year. At the falls, you will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, the Salish Lodge and the famous 270 foot waterfall.
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Naked Falls

21 sites · RVs, Tents130 acres · Stevenson, Skamania
Naked Falls is the second largest waterfall on the Washougal River. This section of the river has been a hotspot for Kayakers and Cliff divers for decades. If you like watching Salmon run, this is a great place to do it. This is easy car access to a raw outdoor camping experience. You will be camping next to the crystal clear Washougal River and have access to Naked Falls and Reeder Falls. Come prepared as the nearest potable water source is at least a mile away and you won't see any lights or electrical outlets on the property. There are portables toilet now between sites 4 and 5 on the east side of the road and between sites 15 and 16 on the west side. Firewood is not delivered to each site if you order it. There are many good reasons for this, not the least of which is that it can rain and then all the wood gets wet. We keep the firewood in a small woodshed and give you instructions on where to find it and what the code is before you check in. Also, please remember that I don't live there and there is limited service on the property. If you have questions, please contact me in advance as I may be unreachable when you arrive at the property. The Campsites mostly go in the order they appear as you drive through the campground. With some exceptions. Sites 8 and 11 (in that order) are up the hill from the fork at site 2. Sites 12 through 19 are in order on the West side of the river. There are signs with the site numbers next to each site. The sites each have their own parking spaces. Please see the brief descriptions below so you have a good idea of what kind of experience you can expect at each site. If you are not familiar with the area, or even if you haven't camped there before, I recommend contacting me for directions or information about the area before you go up. Also, if you have an RV, you will want to contact me to discuss which site you really want to book depending on the size of your RV, awnings, slide outs, etc. Each booked site is allowed 2 cars or 1 RV. If you have more than 2 cars or 1 RV, there is a fee of 10.00 per additional vehicle. Camping was banned all along the upper Washougal River in 2006 due to abuse from the public. An attitude that no one could be trusted up there formed and I lost my favorite place to camp in the whole world...but I understood why they did it. In 2017 I bought the property and worked with Skamania County to restore camping and the public trust in good people who love nature. There are now 20 campsites, mostly along the river, and I'm so pleased that the vast majority of Hipcampers are reliable co-stewards of this amazing recreational resource. It is up to us to keep Naked Falls available by keeping in mind that it is a crucial fish and wildlife habitat and we are but visitors there. Be sure to stick to trails and pack in/pack out. Nothing from town should be left there and nothing there should be brought back to town. *** Site 1: Saltness Creek This is the only site with direct trail access to the river on the camping side. It's also right on a creek and encompasses a corner of the confluence of the creek and the Washougal River. It's a nice open space right off the gravel road which allows you to park right by where you will set up tents and have your campfire. It also means other campers will drive right by your site and they will need to pass by it to take the trail to the river. This site is very convenient but not very private. Site 2: Naked Falls There is a short narrow trail that leads to the campsite on the Naked Falls cliff. It's awesome! This is the original campsite at Naked Falls and has likely been there for 100 years or more. It overlooks the waterfall and island downstream. It's really the coolest campsite but it's not for everybody. The area for pitching tents is smaller than at the other sites. Only 2 medium sized tents will fit comfortably. You may be able to cram 3 tents in but should be aware that it's only really meant for 2. Groups larger than 6 may want to consider another site. Also, it is right on the cliff where people like to jump so, while you have the best view of all the fun stuff happening at the falls, you also have cliff divers coming up to say hi during the day. Site 3: Desk Job This site is just past the falls. It has a wide short trail to the camping area and a beautiful view of the river that passes right by the site about 30 ft below it. It is nice, quiet and secluded. Site 4: Middle Management This site is nice for pulling vehicles in and around. It loops around some trees in the center. The trees to the east and North are all alders so it has limited shade in the morning when there aren't leaves on the trees (winter and early spring) The trail down is wide and short. There is a small opening with a nice view of the river and it's quiet. A great place to listen to the flow of the river and the beat of your heart. Site 5: Conference Room The Conference Room is tucked into the woods a little more than the other sites. It's right over the river just like all the rest of the sites but the trees like living on that cliff...like a whole bunch. You can walk to the edge and see the river but it's not the most open view of the river. I love this site. It has two old growth stumps from the first harvest ever at Naked Falls. They tell stories of the Yacolt burn and a lot of hard winters. A short narrow trail get's you from your car to to the camping area in about 20 steps. Site 6: Printer Jam This site is quite large and has the most extensive view of the river. Great for bigger groups or bigger tents. This is a chill spot where you can roast marshmallows while watching the flow of the Washougal River 35 ft below. Site 7: Budget Meeting This site is not meant for vehicle traffic! Please do not drive your vehicle onto the site as that has caused damage to the site itself and it needs to recover. The last site on the road has the longest walk...about 50 yards. It is also a large space and is the most secluded. It's the longest distance from river access but also the most private. The walk down passes an old growth tree that must have fallen decades ago. It has a huge base and the root structure is about 12 ft tall. There are a variety of trees that hug this campsite. If you don't mind the walk, you are sure to dig the vibe at our version of a Budget Meeting. Site 8: The Slash Pile Please read this full description before booking. I'm giving this site a go because I think it's a rather unique experience for the right people. This site sits up above all the river sites. It is not on a river but has a river view and view of all the other campsites. It is surrounded by a slash pile which is the wood debris left over from logging. You can drive right to it but only if you have 4wd/AWD. The road is also surrounded by alder trees that might slap the side of your car as you go up so if you are concerned about that, this is not the spot for you. There is not much shade up there either. You may want to bring a shade tent. The site is fairly large and has plenty of room for tents but I don't recommend any trailers or RVs here due to the steep rocky road. Your walk to the river will be about as long as the walk from site 7. It will be an easy walk down and a bit of a trek up. If no one books this site, I will totally understand but It's a cool spot if you are cool with the challenges it presents. Site 9: Hard Scramble Creek This site is embedded in the woods and has the most tree cover. It is even further from the river access than site 8...about a half mile walk. There is plenty of room but only one way in and out so turning around should be thought out before you set up your tents. Also, I've seen people pull off trailering large rigs up there but I'm pretty sure it was painstaking. If you have a large RV or Trailer, I would skip this site. Smaller trailers and RVs should be fine if you have some experience and patience. This site is quiet and the sound of the creek is soothing during the day and night. Site 10: Rock Beach Woods This site is in the woods along the river near an inviting rock beach that flows into a crystal clear swimming hole. This site is not behind a gate and day use visitors are allowed to use the trail and access the rock beach. The rock beach gets less traffic than we have right by Naked Falls but it is part of the day use area. This is a park and walk site. Parking is along the main road and you hike in about 50 yards to the campsite. This is one of the coolest campsites we have. Literally cooler as it is along the river edge and not along a cliffside like most of the other sites. Also cooler because it is under deep tree cover with soft mossy terrain. If you like the sounds of the river, shady woods and very close access to swimming, you will love this site! Site 11: This One Goes to Eleven! Situated on the top of the hill, this site has the most impressive views of all the sites! About a 270 degree view of the surrounding mountain region give you a great vantage point that often includes eagles flying below you, elk across the valley and a variety of other wildlife. This site is the farthest from the river, civilization and all the other campsites. If you are looking for something remote and have a 4wd/AWD vehicle, this might be the best site for you. Sites 12-19: All of these sites are right near the West side of the river. They were designed to accommodate RVs and Trailers. They are made for one trailer or RV per site or 2 camper vans. Tents are fine here too. There is easy in and out access to each site. It is nearer to the W2000 road and the sites are a bit closer together. There is still a significant amount of treed space between each site, just not as much as the original campsites. They each have a fire pit and cleared space for tents along with the graveled area for parking your RV. The sites are fairly level but not perfect and some leveling may be required depending on the size of your RV. This area has it's own trail down to the river or you can use the day use trail just a short walk North past the wooden Naked Falls sign. There are 3 total vehicles allowed at each of these sites (no exceptions) that includes the rv or trailer. So, truck and trailer count as one and you can have one addition car...or you can have 3 cars if you are car or tent camping. There is a charge of 10.00 extra for the third vehicle. No parking is allowed along the W2000 road unless you have a Naked Falls parking pass for day use. Site 0. This is the old site 12 that I had closed down. It is just up the hill from the fork at site 2. So at the fork near site 2, you will take a left and go up the hill about a quarter of a mile. It will be on your right hand side before you get to site 8. This is a large site part way up a hill surrounded by trees about 15 ft high. Very little shade, so you will want to bring a shade tent in the Summertime.
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Margie's Riverside RV Park

39 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Riverside, Okanogan
Margie’s RV Park offers a beautiful, secluded park to relax and enjoy the beauty Sunny Okanogan Valley has to offer.​ We offer RV spots with full hook-up options, from Campers and Tent Trailers, Travel Trailers, and 5th Wheels, to Large Luxury Coach Motor Homes. We have tent camping sites available as well. Enjoy outdoor recreation with several close lakes for fishing and boating or in-town shopping and casinos that are only a few miles away.​​​
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Mt. Baker Lodging

87 sites · LodgingGlacier, Whatcom
Conveniently located just 2-hours north of Seattle, and 1.5-hours south of Vancouver, B.C., Mt. Baker Lodging is your source forprivate, self-catered, fully equipped Mt. Baker area cabins, cottages, condos,chalets, and executive vacation home rental accommodations, located in themountain villages of Glacier and Maple Falls, at the magnificent gateway to theMt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, and the adjacent Mount Baker Ski Area!
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Winchester RV Resort

206 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents50 acres · Republic, Ferry
Winchester RV Park is located near Republic, Washington. It features 31 full hook-up RV sites, camper cabins and tent sites nestled along a seasonal creek, and views of the surrounding mountains. The park provides free WIFI, is pet-friendly, and has a dump station and RV storage. You can enjoy walking around the park or along the Golden Tiger Pathway running north-to-south alongside it. Campsite amenities offered include an onsite storage facility, access to nature trails, a camp store, picnic tables, fire circles, and grills. It also includes basic amenities like restrooms with hot showers and laundry facilities. Visitors can also enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. The campground is near attractions like: Antique Car & Truck Museum Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest North Cascades National Park Molson Museums Hope to see you soon!
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Summit at Snoqualmie

46 sites · RVs10 acres · Snoqualmie Pass, Kittitas
Living the #vanlife or interested in a night or weekend of fun? We have designated overnight parking areas during the summer season for RVs, campers, and vans, plus a thriving, friendly community of overnighters. Bring your friends and family to the mountain and stay overnight in our designated overnight parking areas during the summer for RV's, vans, and trailers at Silver Fir Mountain Biking Park. The overnight parking is in the lot across the 906 from Silver Fir Lodge.
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Camping in Washington guide

Sandwiched between Oregon and British Columbia on the Pacific Ocean, Washington state has long been celebrated for its pristine waterways, old-growth forests, soothing hot springs, and epic mountain lakes and peaks. The northwestern-most state in the contiguous 48 is home to three national parks—North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park, and Mount Rainier National Park—along with miles and miles of beautiful coastline and lush temperate islands. While there are abundant opportunities for outdoor exploration in the aptly nicknamed Evergreen State, there’s also plenty for those looking for a bit of indoor appeal, from fine arts and culture museums to fantastic wineries.

Where to Go

Greater Seattle

Straddling the Puget Sound, this region includes Washington's biggest city--Seattle--and the area around it. While urban adventure takes center stage in this populated region, there are also plenty of spots to commune with nature, and even if you're based in Seattle, you'll have easy access to numerous Washington state parks.

The Washington Coast and Islands

If you want gorgeous Pacific Coast scenery, ancient forests, and whale watching to feature in your next camping trip, the Washington Coast, the Olympic Peninsula, and the state's many islands are just the ticket. Here you’ll find Olympic National Forest and its ancient Hoh Rainforest, plus plenty of small Coastal towns, such as charming Port Angeles and Port Townsend.

Northern Washington

This remote section of the state is characterized by old-growth forests, alpine lakes, and ancient glaciers. It’s also the site of North Cascades National Park, an enormous expanse of wilderness that offers mile upon mile of hiking trails and excellent campground and backcountry options for campers.

Central and Eastern Washington

With a mix of towering mountains, pristine forests, arid prairies, and plenty of cute small towns, Washington's central and eastern stretches offer some of the best camping and outdoor recreation areas in the state. Washington's second-largest city, Spokane, is located in the region, as is the Bavaria-inspired town of Leavenworth, full of German restaurants, beer gardens, and plenty of faux-world kitsch in this region.

Southern Washington

The southern part of the state is known for beautiful scenery, snow-capped peaks, and excellent wine. On the Oregon border, the Columbia River Gorge is full of beautiful spots for hikers--come in the spring and you'll be rewarded with spectacular flurries of wildflowers. The region also boasts a few world-class wineries of its own, with more to be found further north and east in Walla Walla and Yakima. The area is also home to Mount Adams, Mount Rainier and its surrounding national park, and Mount Saint Helens, which famously erupted back in 1980.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, it is not legal to camp anywhere in Washington State without following designated camping areas and guidelines. However, there are designated areas for camping in various public lands, such as national forests, state parks, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Dispersed camping is allowed in certain areas of these public lands, but you must follow specific guidelines and regulations.

For example, in national forests like Olympic National Forest and Gifford Pinchot National Forest, dispersed camping is allowed in designated areas, but you must camp at least 100 feet from any water source and follow the Leave No Trace principles. In Washington State Parks, camping is typically restricted to designated campgrounds and sites. You can find more information on camping in Washington State Parks here.

It's essential to research the specific area you plan to camp in and follow all rules and regulations to ensure you're camping legally and responsibly.

Yes, boondocking is legal in Washington State, primarily on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Boondocking, also known as dispersed camping, is when campers stay outside of developed campgrounds and typically do not have access to amenities like restrooms, water, or electricity. Washington State offers several areas for boondocking, including national forests such as Olympic National Forest, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Always follow the specific rules and regulations for the area you are camping in and practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.

In Washington State, you can find free camping in various National Forests and on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Some popular options include:

Remember to practice Leave No Trace principles and be aware that amenities are usually not available at these free camping sites.

The cost of camping in a Washington state park varies depending on the type of site and the park's location. On average, you can expect to pay between $12 to $45 per night for a standard tent or RV site. Some parks also offer cabins, yurts, or other accommodations, with prices ranging from $50 to over $100 per night. Additional fees may apply for extra vehicles, utility hookups, or reservation services. You can explore Washington state parks camping options to find the perfect site for your needs.

You can camp on the beach in Washington State in designated areas and campgrounds. Some popular beach camping locations include:

  • Kalaloch Campground in Olympic National Park, which offers campsites near the beach with amenities such as picnic tables, fire pits, and restrooms.
  • Shi Shi Beach, also in Olympic National Park, where you can camp on the beach with a backcountry camping permit. This is a more remote and primitive camping experience.
  • Cape Disappointment State Park near the mouth of the Columbia River, which offers campsites, yurts, and cabins within walking distance of the beach.

It's essential to follow all regulations and obtain necessary permits when camping on the beach in Washington. Additionally, always practice Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural beauty of these areas. Find more beach camping in Washington.

For Washington State Parks, you can book camping reservations up to 9 months in advance. This applies to both tent camping and RV camping, as well as cabins and yurts at certain parks. To explore available campgrounds and make reservations, you can visit the Washington State Parks website or the Washington State Parks reservation system. Keep in mind that popular campgrounds can fill up quickly, especially during the peak summer season, so it's a good idea to make your reservations as early as possible.

Yes, a Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks, including those with camping facilities. The Discover Pass is a permit that allows you to visit and park at Washington state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. However, the pass does not cover camping fees, which are separate and vary depending on the park and type of campsite. You can purchase a Discover Pass online, at any state park, or at various retail locations. The annual pass is $35, and a one-day pass is $11.50.

For more information on camping in Washington state parks, check out Hipcamp.

Yes, Washington is an excellent destination for camping, with its diverse landscapes, including mountains, forests, coastline, and desert. There are numerous campgrounds and parks throughout the state that cater to campers of all interests and experience levels. Some popular options include Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and the North Cascades National Park. Washington also offers a variety of camping experiences, from tent camping and RV camping to cabin rentals and backcountry camping. You can explore the state's lush forests, hike along its many trails, or enjoy water activities on its numerous lakes and rivers. With its temperate climate and stunning natural beauty, Washington is a fantastic choice for camping enthusiasts.

You cannot camp anywhere on the Washington coast, but there are designated campgrounds and parks where you can camp. Washington's coastal areas offer a mix of public and private campgrounds, including state parks, national parks, and private campgrounds. Some popular options include Kalaloch Campground in Olympic National Park, Pacific Beach State Park, and Ocean City State Park. To explore more camping options on the Washington coast, visit Hipcamp.

Yes, you can camp on the beach along the Washington coast in certain areas. Beach camping in Washington is typically allowed on public lands, such as the Olympic National Park and Washington State Parks. Some popular beach camping spots include:

  • Kalaloch Campground in Olympic National Park offers campsites near the beach with facilities like picnic tables and fire pits.
  • Second Beach in Olympic National Park is a popular backpacking destination, where you can camp right on the beach after a short hike.
  • Cape Disappointment State Park offers beach camping with facilities, including restrooms and showers, and is located near the historic Lewis and Clark trail.
  • South Beach Campground in Olympic National Park has primitive campsites with beach access and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
Keep in mind that some locations may require permits or have specific regulations for beach camping. Always check the rules and regulations before heading out. For more beach camping options along the Washington coast, visit Hipcamp.

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